« Previous Story | Front Page | Next Story »


Political Convention Season

By Ken Poland
Opinion | August 31, 2012

COLBY, Kan. - One down and another one to go! Political conventions are rousing pep rallies! I subscribe to Wordsmith by Anu Garg and the word for today, "concomitant"' is quite appropriate for both major political party conventions.

These usage examples say an awful lot about the voting public and the campaign managers.

"A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition." (Charles Caleb Colton; Lacon: or Many Things in Few Words; Longmans; 1837)

"The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism, and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." (Novelist and Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, 1902-1968)

I listened to a few of the speeches from the Republican Convention. They all concentrated on embellishing kindness, generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and emotional feelings of the slate of candidates and platform of their party. They also pointed out how they, and you, should detest all those negatives that fit the other party's program. (Some of us have a different opinion on which platform fits that negative list.) They blame Obama for all the ills of society today. They chastise Obama for pointing out the failures of the Bush administration.

Look at facts! The economy was strong and we had surplus revenue that was reducing the national debt, at the end of the eight years of Clinton's reign. We were not extensively involed in military action or conquest.

It took eight years for all that to disappear. The upper echelon of wealthy folks continued to build their net worth and increase their net income, while the middle and lower group lost substantial amounts of their net worth and income.

The Bush tax cuts and deregulation did not invigorate the economy nor did they produce jobs. How do the Republicans intend to revive the economy? More of the same! Get the government out of the regulation business. Let the market determine ethics and morality, when it comes to business. But, let's legislate ethics and morality in the private lives of all our citizens.

The religious institutions don't seem to be controlling their people, so, let's make it a government mandate or restriction. You are free to make your own decision on ethics concerning profit making business endeavors. But, you will adhere to my theology when it comes to your personal behavior and practices. We have the best health care specialists and facilities in the world, if you can't afford them, then suffer the consequences. Let the insurance companies determine what your health needs are. Surely, profit isn't going to have any influence on what they will cover and what they won't cover.

If it is working, don't change it. If it isn't working, then maybe you should make some changes.

The Republicans have done a pretty good job of preventing any changes. Just say NO. That was their promise from the get go, after the last presidential election. Their idea of compromise is simply, do it our way or no way. Party comes first and Nation comes second.


1 Comment

Ken--I finally had to turn off NPR, my major source of news, this morning. Listening to the lies and distortions was turning me into a mad woman, in more ways than one. If Romney wins this election, we'll be in worse shape than we were at the end of the George W. Bush era. We not only need to relect Obama, we need to get people into Congress who can do something to turn things around. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but who else is listening?


Post your own comment here


Do you want to read more? You've only just scratched the surface at the Kansas Free Press. We have so much more to read! Nearly all of the pieces published here are timeless and relevant, regardless of when the articles were first published. To discover more, please take a look at our Table of Contents or go back to our Front Page.


Our sponsors help us stay online to serve you. Thank you for doing your part! By using the specific links below (clicking through from our site) to start any of your online shopping, you are making a tremendous difference. By using the shopping links provided on a Kansas Free Press page, you are directly helping to support the Kansas Free Press:



About This Page

This page contains just one story published on August 31, 2012. The one written previous to this is titled "To Vote or Not To Vote" and the story published right after this one is "Pep Rally Is Over: Game Begins"

Our most current stories are always updated on our Front Page.

Other Archives

Interested in other topics? You may wish to poke around in our Table of Contents to find other sections and archives.

Do you want to explore pieces written by specific authors? You can find archives for KFP writers by reviewing our complete Directory of Authors and Writers here.

Recently Featured Stories

My Response As a Kansan to Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti has come on board The Nation magazine to fill in for Katha Pollitt as the feminist columnist while Pollitt is on leave to write a book. I've found reading Valenti's columns thought-provoking and insightful. She often takes …
Of Angels and God's Dogs

There might be a whole group of us out there--people who value our relationships with animals on a par with our ties to people. "Get over it--it was just a dog" does not resonate with us. Our society places …
Of Angels and God's Dogs

There might be a whole group of us out there--people who value our relationships with animals on a par with our ties to people. "Get over it--it was just a dog" does not resonate with us. Our society places …
Roots of the n-word

While N-word dialogue has slackened following Saline County Commissioner Gile's use of it recently, the word still has great power. So, let's look inward at the N-word. To reach a much deeper path to understanding, simply go to Ad …
Corporate Tax Reform

Basehor, Kans.--For an interesting twist on the corporate tax debate, look at Alan Sloan's opinion in the April 29 issue of Fortune Magazine. In all of the froth about corporate taxation, neither proponents of tax reduction, nor corporate critics, …

News and Opinion





Get Connected

See our FB page!
Subscribe for free!
[Feeds & Readers...]
Follow Kansas Free Press on Twitter, too!
Make Kansas Free Press your home page!

Journalists, sign in.

We're reader supported!

Whenever you use the specific links below to begin any of your online shopping, a portion of your sale goes directly towards the support of this site.

Tech Depot - An Office Depot Co.


Our sponsors help us stay online to serve you. Thank you for doing your part! By using the specific links above (clicking through from our site) to start any of your online shopping, you are making a tremendous difference. By using the shopping links provided on a Kansas Free Press page, you are directly helping to support the Kansas Free Press.

Thank you for your help!

Notices & Policies

All of our Kansas Free Press journalists are delighted that you are here. We all hope that you come here often, sign in and leave us comments, and become an active part of our community. Welcome!

Our writers are credentialed after referral to, and approval by, the editor/publisher of KansasFreePress.com. If you are interested in writing with us, please feel free to let us know here. We are always looking for Kansans who want to write about Kansas!

All authors here retain their own copyrights for their original written works, original photographs and art works. They welcome others to copy, reference or quote from the content of their stories, provided that the reprints include obvious author and website attribution and links to the original page, in accordance with this publication's Creative Commons License.

Our editor primarily reviews stories for spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting and is not liable or responsible for the opinions expressed by individual authors. The opinions and accuracy of information in the individual stories on this site are the sole responsibility of each of the individual authors. For complete site policies, including privacy, see our Frequently Asked Questions. This site is designed, maintained, and owned by its publisher, Everyday Citizen Media. The Kansas Free Press, KansasFreePress.com, and Kansas Free Press are trademarked names.

© Copyright, 2008-2012, all rights reserved, unless otherwise specified, first by the respective author, and then by KFP's publisher and owner for any otherwise unreserved and all other content.